Riverland Community College Theatre finalizes their 2018-2019 hope-filled season of legends with the classic musical, Camelot.
Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot brings the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table to life with an extraordinary score. Arthur, a young, ambitious, idealistic King dreams of creating a just society inspired by his vivacious Queen Guinevere. Together, they create a kingdom where might works at the service of right and the King serves at a round table with no head--a symbol of collaboration and unity. In a world of human realities, can Camelot achieve the utopia of which Arthur dreams?
“Camelot is a big, beautiful show filled with legend, truth, honor, ideals, love, and magic,” says Director Susan V Hansen. “There are so many wonderful bits put in from the stories of ‘The Once and Future King,’ it will transport you. It has very strong acting scenes as well as classic songs like, If Ever I Would Leave You, The Lusty Month of May, and of course, Camelot.”
Camelot’s book and lyrics are by Alan Jay Lerner with music is by Frederick Loewe. Hansen directs with vocal direction by Audrey Kristufek, and Brian Johnson conducts the orchestra. The choreographer is Jess Wubben, and Stage Manager is Emma Peterson. Set, lights, and sound are by John Deyo. Madlain Vander and Emma Waters are the costumers.
“Camelot is funny, romantic, daring, dramatic, and insightful,” continues Hansen. “Arthur did not want to be King but now he stands for right, and creates a new form of chivalry, even when his personal life threatens it. How do we act on our human frailties? What happens when someone preys on our discontent and moves us to action out of vengeance, or denial of our supposed rightful due?”
Camelot features Isaiah Damitz as King Arthur, Misha Stanley as Guinevere, Michael Petersen as Lancelot, Ethan Eriksmoen as Mordred, Paul Burger as Merlyn, and James Zschunke as Pellinore. Other cast members include Charli Martin as Nimue, Carma Pederson as Morgan Le Fey, Austin Hodnefield as Sir Dinadan, Noelan Riley as Sir Sagramore, Geoff Smith as Sir Lionel, E. Funke as Sir Castor and Jude Hovland as Tom of Warwick. Members of the Court include Maurene Olson as Lady Anne, KariLynn Finley-Cook as Lady Sybil, Brianna Ahlbrecht as The Herald, with Lady Faith Rautenkranz, Lady Josie Reinartz, and Lady Elizabeth Davis, as well as Sherlock playing Horrid.
Camelot will be performed two weekends: Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday April 28 at 2 p.m. The following weekend performances Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4 at 7 p.m. at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre on the Austin Campus in the East Building.
Individual tickets to Camelot are $16 and currently on sale at www.riverland.edu/tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The online ticketing system allows customers to choose their seats and pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Tickets may also be purchased at the Riverland Box Office, located in room E107 in the East Building of the Austin campus. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour before performances. Riverland students receive two free tickets to each performance with a valid student ID. Contact the box office at 507-433-0595 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.